PIR-Oxazolidone Foams from Natural Oils

Patent Title: METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A POLYURETHANE-MODIFIED FOAM, FOAM OBTAINED, AND USES

Number/Link: US2018/0030196

Applicant/Assignee:  Soprema et al.

Publication date: 1 February 2018

Gist”: Unsaturated natural oils are epoxidized and reacted with an excess of isocyanate in the presence of a blowing agent.

Why it is interesting: Conventionally natural oils are incorporated into polyurethanes by first converting them to polyols (“NOPs”) by hydroformylation or epoxidation and ring opening and then reacting the NOPs with isocyanates. According to this invention the natural oils (preferably extracted from microalgae) are epoxidized and then mixed and heated with a (e.g. 3:1) excess of isocyanate (e.g. polymeric MDI) in the presence of a blowing agent (e.g. isopentane). It is said that oxazolidone rings from the isocyanate-epoxy reaction will form at the same time as isocyanurate rings and homopolymerized epoxides. The foams are said to be useful for thermal insulation applications.

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Formation of oxazolidone rings according to the invention

Bio-Based Acoustic Polyurethane Foam

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE MATERIALS FORMED FROM EPOXIDIZED PLANT OILS

 Number/Link: US2017/0081460

Applicant/Assignee: IBM

Publication date: 23-mar-2017

Gist”: Natural oils are converted into isocyanate-functional polyols and then polymerized

Why it is interesting: Epoxidized vegetable oils are hydrolized and saponified using NaOH, resulting in a mixture of acid-ended polyols. The acid groups are then converted into azides using diphenylphosphoryl azide, which then rearrange into isocyanate groups (Curtius rearrangement).  The isocyanate-ended polyols can be polymerized and further crosslinked using di-isocyanates. The materials are said to be useful as components for acoustic foams, used e.g. in mainframe computers.
This is the second IBM PU patent discussed in this blog. However, I doubt if they have an actual chemistry lab since their examples are “prophetic” rather than real.

IBM

Reaction scheme according to the invention